- May 2011 Joplin tornado
Joplin community publishes book of tornado experiences
Leaders in the Joplin community have published a collection of stories about the 2011 tornado and the recovery efforts that followed. First-hand accounts for the book, titled “Joplin Pays It Forward,” were written by city and school leaders; officials from health care centers and public utility companies; leaders in the business and media communities; representatives of churches and nonprofit organizations; and individuals with federal, state and local disaster relief groups and agencies.
New fire stations being readied for opening
After 2 1/2 years in temporary quarters as a result of the 2011 Joplin tornado, firefighter crews are moving into newly built replacement stations ahead of schedule. Firefighters last week began preparing a new Station No. 2 at 2825 W. Junge Blvd. for occupancy. It replaces a station at 2216 S. Maiden Lane that was destroyed in the tornado.
Tornado fund board to seek more applicant information
After looking at 19 requests for funding on Monday, the board of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund decided to deny some of the requests and seek additional information from some of the applicants. The group indicated support for requests from a handful of applicants who want assistance with the moving and setting up of FEMA storm shelters. The board estimated the cost of doing that at $9,000 to $10,000 per shelter.
East Middle School students counting down days until new school opens
Students at East Middle School said they are counting the days until they can move out of the renovated warehouse where they currently attend classes to their new school on East 20th Street. “I am so glad that we’re not in a warehouse anymore,” eighth-grader Cydney Vickers said. Of the new school, she said: “I’m really excited, actually.”
Joplin building permits closing in on $1 billion in wake of tornado
Joplin is inching closer to the $1 billion mark in building permits issued since the May 2011 tornado. In November, the first month of Joplin’s fiscal year, 70 permits totaling $3.1 million were issued for a broad range of projects. That brings the total construction value for the permits issued in the 30 months since the tornado to $971 million.
City opens new round of shelter applications
Those who operate nursing homes, group homes and residential day care operations for at-risk adults and children may now apply for commercial-sized storm shelters available from the city of Joplin.
Lost tornado photos find home at museum
Joplin resident Flo Taylor has a piece of her life back. Thirty pieces to be precise. “This is such a blessing,” she said as she explored the contents of a manilla envelope Friday morning at the Joplin Museum Complex.
NIST study: Clear communications essential for tornado warnings
After hearing the results of a two-year technical investigation into the Joplin tornado by the federal government Thursday morning, Dale Mermoud still had a question on his mind. He wanted to know this: “Why can’t they be more specific in their tornado warnings?” After a press briefing at Missouri Southern State University on the National Institute of Standards and Technology study, Mermoud posed that question to the people who worked on the study.
Rebuild Joplin celebrates 100th home since 2011 tornado
Nearly two and a half years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed about a third of Joplin, volunteers and supporters of Rebuild Joplin ceremonially cut the ribbons on the organization’s 100th home on Tuesday. “It’s an incredible milestone of progress,” said Chad Carson, executive director of Rebuild Joplin.
Tornado fund seeks new grant applications
The Joplin Tornado First Response Fund has about $275,000 left to give out, but there were no applicants for its third round of grants. Chairman Phil Stinnett told the board on Monday that there was a public advertisement of the grant round but no one applied.
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